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                  The Power of Word.

                    Yesterday, I attended the Africa Now! Concert with my Beninese friend at the historic Apollo theater in Harlem, NY. The feeling of being at a venue where much talent has been found and celebrated is indescribable. But what caused a stirring in my soul was being there to celebrate great African talent and all …

                    Ramadan Special (Days 10-21): What’s In A Name?

                    It’s funny to think that after all this time I NOW get why Muslims are encouraged to learn Allah’s 99 names.  We have a guest in our home, and according to Dagomba tradition, her name for the first week of her life here on earth is “Saanpaga”, which means “Lady guest”. The male equivalent, “Saandoo” …

                      Ramadan Special (Days 2-4): Circles of Positivity

                      In an authentic Hadith, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) said:  “Man is influenced by the faith of his friends. Therefore, be careful of whom you associate with.” One of the distinct features of Ramadan that I have come to love is the feeling of camaraderie, of being one anther’s keeper and of going out of ones way …

                        Ramadan Special (Day 1): Beyond Peace

                        Ramadan Kareem! The Holy month is here again, and started on August 1 for most of the world. This year’s Ramadan is significant for me in a number of ways. Numero uno, it’s my first Ramadan in 6 years with my entire family in Ghana! And by family I mean nuclear family. Previous Ramadans were …

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